Peshawar’s historic walled city: Firms, mobility and public services
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- Ancient cities, which were often old walled cities, exhibit peculiar spatial, social and economic forms. Their urban forms are highly path-dependent featuring narrow congested streets, and make retrofitting modern infrastructure extremely challenging. This creates unique challenges for government agencies involved in urban service delivery.
- This study examines data to document historical spatial and economic patterns of economic activity to find out where and what clustering of businesses exist.
- To document this economic activity, the researchers conducted a survey with 400 businesses located throughout the inner city of Peshawar, Pakistan.
- The findings show that the state of public service delivery is generally poor, with power supply and building quality being a primary concern. Most priority problems identified by respondents require empowered, high capacity and well-resourced local governments focused on delivering responsive and accountable governance at the grassroots level.